We will be going on a 4-night cruise in October on the Dream. I will have a 23-mo old and a 4 1/2 year old. Hubby and I would like some time to ourselves since we I can count how many times we have been without the kids in the past five years. HOWEVER, we also want to enjoy the cruise with our kids and take them to a show as well as take the 4 1/2 yr old on the aquaduck. When would be a good time to sign up the 23-mo old for the nursery? We have never been on a cruise and have no idea when ideal times would be. We would like to prebook the hours. Also, if we prebook and don't send him during that time do we just pay the $6 as if we were there or is there an additional penalty fee? (Not that we would want to pay and not use it, I just don't know how ds will do as he tends to not like nurseries and it is hard to know what we are going to do when when we have never been on a cruise. Plus we don't want him to miss out on something he would enjoy (like characters) because we prebooked him for the nursery.) Also, if they have space availability, do they allow drop ins? For example, if we decide we would like to have a drink by ourselves and the nursery is not full, will they let us drop our child off? (With paying of course!) If he is there during a meal time how does that work since he will need to eat and definitely is not eating baby food? As for the older child, how does kids club work? Do we have to pre-sign her up for it or is it just a drop off (again she will be 4 1/2, but is very outgoing.) How hard will it be to get her in the same time as we are in the nursery? When is the best times for her to go? Lastly, are the kids club and nursery open on port days? I know we will want to enjoy CC with the whole family, but I heard things are limited for the younger set on Naussa, so we probably will be on the ship half the time that day. Any advice or suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks!!!!!